Center for Biological Diversity
  • 23-Jan-2017 to 24-May-2017 (MST)
  • Tucson, AZ, USA
  • Full Time

At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature - to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.

We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.

The Center is currently looking for a full-time Senior Donor Relations Associate. This position is located in Tucson, Arizona.


General position overview:

This position provides a unique opportunity for an experienced, high-energy development professional to join a successful fundraising team while advancing the Center for Biological Diversity's mission to protect imperiled wildlife and wild places. The Senior Donor Relations Associate will help maintain and grow the Center's Leadership Circle (donors who annually contribute $1,000 or more) by cultivating a portfolio of major donor prospects, supporting the stewardship of current Leadership Circle donors, supporting the front-line fundraisers, managing the production of email and mail fundraising appeals, and developing special events. The Senior Donor Relations Associate will also supervise two donor relations staff members who provide support for all aspects of Leadership Circle cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, as well as providing administrative support including maintaining up-to-date individual donor records, pulling donor and campaign information from the database, and researching individual donors. The Senior Donor Relations Associate will be supervised by the Membership Director, will work closely with major gift officers, and will support the Chief Development Officer as needed.


Primary duties:

  • Maintain and cultivate a portfolio of mid-level Leadership Circle donors.
  • Steward current and prospective donors about Center program work in their area/s of interest with reports, updates, visits and actions.
  • Proactively support the work of the Chief Development Officer and major gift with strong donor research and stewardship of high-level major donors, planned-giving donors and prospects.
  • Maintain and update weekly reports.
  • Oversee staff providing administrative support for fundraisers working with the Center's Leadership Circle donors.
  • Ensure that the donor database is maintained, including by overseeing accurate and timely record maintenance.
  • Manage the timely production of mailed and emailed fundraising campaigns and cultivation efforts throughout the year.
  • Draft letters, emails, reports and other communications for the Leadership Circle.
  • Manage and execute a highly detailed segmentation plan for Leadership Circle mailings and emails; ensure that these plans dovetail with those in membership.
  • Manage and conduct donor research for new prospects and supporters; update major donor records with information from staff.
  • Develop donor queries, regularly review donor lists, and analyze spreadsheets to determine appeal segmentation
  • Assist and drive planning, coordination, and implementation of major donor visits and special events.
  • Help manage a highly personalized donor thank-you and acknowledgement process for all major gifts, including by maintaining a vibrant, up-to-date library of acknowledgement letters and receipts for all Leadership Circle gifts.
  • Work with the donor relations team to coordinate and organize quarterly phone briefings for Leadership Circle donors.
  • Support the training and professional development of donor relations staff.
  • Stay updated on current Center programs and actions, as necessary.
  • Assist with other projects as assigned.

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • At least seven years of professional experience fundraising in a nonprofit setting.
  • Experience with donor stewardship, research and moves management.
  • An exceptional ability to pay attention to detail, great organizational skills, and high-level accuracy in completing complex tasks.  
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • A highly motivated and self-confident character, as well as a strong drive to move projects forward quickly and follow through with staff regarding their completion.
  • The ability to learn and complete tasks quickly. 
  • The ability to organize time, manage diverse activities and personal interactions, and meet short-term and long-term deadlines.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Solid knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite, spreadsheets and mail-merge functions.
  • A high level of competency in Microsoft Excel a must.
  • Experience with donor relationship management databases, some familiarity with Microsoft Access preferred.
  • Desktop publishing skills a plus.
  • A high energy level, as well as excellent leadership and interpersonal skills. A proven ability to work both independently and as part of a team. 
  • A sense of humor and positive attitude are a must.


Benefits Package

  • Salary is commensurate with experience and comparable to that of other nonprofits.
  • Paid generous medical, dental and vision plan.
  • Paid STD and LTD.
  • 403(b) plan with opportunity for match.
  • Generous time off policies.
  • Relaxed work atmosphere and dress code.


Application process:

Please apply by submitting a thoughtful cover letter and resume. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, both biological and cultural diversity. We welcome, embrace and respect diversity of people, identities and cultures. We are committed to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion. The Center believes staff and board diversity is critical to saving life on Earth.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

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